Mindy Abbott Ship Models December 18th, 2017 - 10:09:27
Turn off the builders and watch the niche market we occupy get even smaller my friends. The reason DISTRIBUTORS exist is to represent and consolidate numerous manufacturers products under one roof providing an inventory warranty and technical support system often in a different country or continent than the manufacturer. This addition to the supply chain should enable smaller retailers to improve their competitiveness. One frustration in this system with todays emphasis on internet sales is the distributor who competes with the retailers he is supposed to be supporting. This can lead to reduced supply increased prices and an unfair (to the consumer) marketplace. And while the global marketplace has allowed us all shorten the delivery cycle and to become more price conscious and price savvy it has also become a thorn in the side of the retailer particularly the small business person.
Getting a die-cut keel out of a 1/8\" thick piece of basswood without losing any important curves can sometimes be enough to drive a builder to close up shop for the night. Listen up kit manufacturers; if you are going to be in the business then do yourselves and your customers a huge favor and get some laser cutting machinery! Or go forward thinking and investigate the possibilities of a 3D printer. Then there are the manufacturers that give you materials that are almost impossible for the average ship model builder to work with. For example some kits provide wire that is to be fashioned into chain assembly parts. This is a sure-fire way to turn off a novice builder.
Ship models are built-to-scale replicas or representations of sea-going vessels of all types. A model is a decorative art form that promises to enhance lifestyles throughout generations and to create lasting impressions; ship models are marked by elegance prestige and beauty and add luster to the interior of ones home yacht or office. Traditional ship models have been built of wood though current amateur kits provide models made of plastic. There are also models built of sheet metal. The ancient Egyptians were the first to make detailed ship models which were part of funeral practices. Wood models of a ship and crew with accurate details were included in the coffin.
Many other countries relied on these vessels to improve their naval strength. The tallest ships of today are cruise liners and military carriers. Buying wood tall ship models is often a wonderful experience and they fit well into any type of room. In a room that has a predominantly wooden theme these models and their wooden design will be accentuated. It is very common for these models to have some sort of lacquer paint job. The presence of lacquer keeps the wood beneath untouched and dry while still displaying all the beautiful attributes of the wood. Putting a coat of paint on a model often only makes it more visually striking. A very popular color is white.